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PNNL Grid Expert Testifies in Senate Committee Hearing

March 2015
PNNL Grid Expert Testifies in Senate Committee Hearing
Jeff Taft alongside Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell
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Jeff Taft, chief architect for electric grid transformation at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for a hearing on "The State of Technological Innovation Related to the Electric Grid". Taft was one of five witnesses invited to appear before the Committee. The hearing took place on March 17th in Washington D.C.'s Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Having joined PNNL in early 2014, Taft is responsible for the development of large scale architecture for grid modernization. He began working in the grid modernization area in 2001 and has participated in several key smart grid projects.

During his testimony, Taft discussed how advanced technology is being driven onto the grid at a rapid rate, yet the existing architecture was never intended to accommodate such innovation, creating a gap between how the grid really works and its envisioned future.

He offered perspective on technological solutions to address this widening gap, which included:

  • sensing data and analysis
  • high voltage power electronics
  • fast flexible bulk electric energy storage
  • advanced planning and control methods and tools

Taft acknowledged how DOE's Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium will help address emerging challenges while leveraging DOE’s national laboratories to connect grid efforts. Read Taft's full testimony on the U.S. Senate Committee website.

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